Let’s just get this out of the way: Gift cards are great gifts. That’s it — that’s the whole article. Just kidding, of course, but it’s true. Gift cards have long suffered an inaccurate characterization that they’re last-minute, thoughtless celebratory offerings. This isn’t true when they’re gifted for birthdays or for holidays, and, it’s definitely not true for weddings. The point: Add gift cards to your wedding registry. Here’s why.
There’s a gift card for virtually everything—streaming TV, makeup, home improvements, pet care, vacations, flights. Post-wedding day, gift cards offer you the freedom to choose your own adventure in your newlywed life.
A Petco gift card may cover essentials for that new puppy you’ve been wishing for. A Delta gift card may incentivize you to plan a weekend away together when the honeymoon’s long over. For more pointers about how to set up your registry, check out our wedding registry checklist article.
Technically, yes, but a wedding registry filled with varying cash funds (or one large one) isn’t going to sit well with some of the more traditional members of your family. Some of your wedding guests will prefer to give physical gifts over cash. If you’ve already added some traditional registry items, gift cards should be your next move.
Because it’s from a certain brand or company, a gift card lets family and friends know that they’re contributing to something tangible. For example, a Lowe’s gift card says we’re doing upgrades to our newlywed home — and your guests (even the most traditional ones) will be happy to support that. A gift card is a middle ground between physical gifts and cash funds.
Like cash funds, your wedding registry gift cards should reflect your needs (and wants) as newlyweds. Fortunately, Zola has plenty of gift card options that offer a mix of brands and experiences. Think about the first six months or first year of your married life. Where do you definitely see money going and where would you like an added cushion? There’s probably a gift card for that.
To help you, though, here are some ideas.
Gift cards are an easy way to get money towards things you really want or need, while also satisfying your guests’ desire to gift you something personal. If you’re still unsure, be specific on your registry—it’s one of your most powerful wedding planning tools. Add a note about why you want the gift card and what you’ll use it for. Asking for travel gift cards? Tell your wedding guests where you’re going. It makes the experience more intimate and makes guests feel like they’re giving the perfect gift.